Tips for talking to a friend who may be struggling with an eating disorder:
Try to talk to your friend in a very supportive and non-confrontational way:
Your friend may deny that there is a problem. You may need to approach them several times before s/he is willing to open up to you. If your friend won't listen to you and your concerns, you may need to tell someone else - someone who can help. Consider talking to your friend's parents, a doctor, a nutritionist, a counselor, or any other trusted adult. You can contact the UK Counseling Center or call UHS Behavioral Health at 859-323-5511 to schedule an appointment.
Inefficiency - Is your friend suffering from physical and psychological lapses in strength, energy, and concentration?Misery - Is your friend clearly suffering? Is he or she angry depressed, anxious, obsessed, or sad?Alienation - Is your friend's constant concern with and thoughts about eating, weight, exercise, and body image cutting them off from you, their family and friends, and even from themselves?Disturbance - Is your friend doing things that are frightening, upsetting, or generally disturbing to them and to others?